ViaSat

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ViaSat Reviews

Updated August 15, 2014
Updated August 15, 2014
115 Reviews

3.5
115 Reviews
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ViaSat Chairman and CEO Mark D. Dankberg
Mark D. Dankberg
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Review Highlights

Pros
  • Really good work/life balance with a lot of flexibility (in 8 reviews)

  • The work environment is not very stressful and everyone is very laid back (in 13 reviews)


Cons
  • There is a culture of long hours on many projects and a common 'work more to finish it on time' attitude (in 6 reviews)

  • You won't get to work on the cutting edge software/technology like other companies in the bay (in 4 reviews)

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Employee Reviews

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  1.  

    Great company, great location

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    • Senior Management
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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  Carlsbad, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Carlsbad, CA

    Pros

    ViaSat has a great culture which emphasizes both working hard and playing hard. Aside from the standard benefits, there are a lot of nice extras that I haven't seen at other companies - we have an onsite wellness clinic which offers pretty much full services - you can get basic prescriptions filled, see a chiropractor, get a physical, etc. There are charging stations for employees with electric cars at two of our buildings in CBD. Flexible schedules are the norm.

    Cons

    This issues are more with individuals - some managers should never ever have direct reports; others should not be managers based upon an utter unwillingness to focus on anything other than the bottom line.

    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2.  

    Great Place to Work!

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  Carlsbad, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Carlsbad, CA

    Pros

    The culture here is great, there is always challenging and interesting work going on. It is very easy to get yourself involved in projects that interest you. The company is very flexible and seems to have a strong drive to make employees happy!

    Cons

    The flexibility of the company seems to come at a price of not enough people skilled in the area they should be and lots of confusion and lack of processes.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Tighten up process and policy and work on becoming competitive in hiring highly skilled individuals.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  3.  

    The Brochure Was Very Appealing (Bait and Switch)

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Desktop Engineer  in  Carlsbad, CA
    Former Employee - Desktop Engineer in Carlsbad, CA

    Pros

    The pay and benefits were amazing.

    Cons

    This position was pitched as a high level technical position with "non-HR" mentoring of Desktop Analysts (The next tier down).

    The job is actually an entry level tech support position, which allocated 0% of my skills. You will have zero influence of the Desktop Analysts as they on on their own agendas. Management will not back you up.

    Your job duties will be: Revert Java version to version 6.18 and Internet Explorer to version 8 as their Oracle system is antiquated. You will also migrate data to new laptops every time a newer model is available to users.

    You will also work the front desk assisting support walk-ins for the entire company and contact employees as their guests arrive.

    My original manager had all direct reports removed, but appeared to remain in charge.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Words escape me on what to suggest. My manager played Legos in his office more than he made technical decisions, so I believe he had no power or influence over his direct reports.

    Management lied about me missing a front desk shift and laid me off (nice severance though, 2 months pay/benefits) due to productivity.

    Beware!

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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  5.  

    Laid back culture; Work depends on the team

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    Some really smart people in the company , work-life balance

    Cons

    friction between diff teams ; not fast paced

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    give some recognition/advice to the Jr's as well

    Approves of CEO
  6. 3 people found this helpful  

    Great company, dysfunctional recruiting department

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    Smart people, a company that cares.

    Cons

    communication is very weak in lots of departments

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  7.  

    Choose your own adventure

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  Carlsbad, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Carlsbad, CA

    Pros

    ViaSat provides just enough infrastructure for its employees that anyone with passion, initiative, and a track record of excellence in their work can find support for their career development. Titles are not important at the company, and one's career path is not just a function of their degree plus years working. This doesn't always line up with how people are wired; I can imagine some employees would become disgruntled if they aren't handed promotions or growth opportunities after some time has passed since their last one.

    The company invests quite a bit in continuing education & development opportunities, including tuition reimbursement programs and sponsorships for advanced degrees. The culture is very open and collaborative. This company is full of really really smart, good people.

    Cons

    As the company grows and our programs become more large and complex, the average time between reassignments becomes longer. It used to be that a program would last 6 months, or a "long" program was a couple years. So one could reasonably find themselves with opportunities to switch between programs or even business units relatively regularly, if they wanted to. Now that the programs are longer, career mobility is usually defined by moving up within a program team or discipline, with fewer opportunities to switch between product lines, disciplines, or business areas.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Keep doing what you're doing. It's hard to preserve the small "startup" culture & feeling among employees as the company grows, but it's great that so many people are working together to try their best to accomplish just that.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  8.  

    Company built on innovation and its employees...and it shows.

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Engineer  in  Carlsbad, CA
    Current Employee - Engineer in Carlsbad, CA

    Pros

    -Very smart and motivated employees
    -Awesome culture and atmosphere
    -No BS from peers, managers, and leadership
    -Free coffee, tea, and snacks
    -Free gym membership reimbursement
    -Electric vehicle charging stations

    The gym is actually commercially owned and open to the public, but it is conveniently located in the middle of ViaSat's campus.

    Cons

    Internal resources regarding business areas and products can be somewhat disorganized, incomplete, and outdated.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    -Continue innovating and recruiting good talent
    -Improve 401k fund options

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  9.  

    Celebrating Mediocrity

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Engineer  in  Carlsbad, CA
    Former Employee - Engineer in Carlsbad, CA

    Pros

    Great office facilities in Carlsbad.

    Cons

    Long hours with horrible work life balance.
    Management is out of touch with the engineers.
    No job structure. No opportunities.
    A lot of internal politics.
    If you want a career and have a desire to excel this is not the place to be with no way to move up and leaders without ambition this is a place where careers go to die.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    The owners and founders are great people with a good idea of how to run a company.. Try and get back in touch with your employees and their needs. You have lost track with your roots. Management pushes people down and leaves little options for hard working employees. I am so happy I left that horrible place.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  10.  

    Corporate Mayhem at its best!

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    • Senior Management
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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Finance Employee  in  Carlsbad, CA
    Current Employee - Finance Employee in Carlsbad, CA

    Pros

    Pay was reasonable, boss was very lenient with time, my co-worker only works 6 hour days but gets paid for 8 + OT when she felt it necessary. Pure fitness is right next door.

    Cons

    Management is dysfunctional. With corporations this big, it is evident that there are "too many hands in the pot" and this causes mayhem. Management in Finance has no accountability for their teams. No leadership.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Pay attention to your teams! Working here has given me a new insight to what "not to do" as a manager. Some things I have seen here are fraudulent. Co-workers claiming time they did not work and getting away with it for years. Expense report function needs a leader that cares about his work and his employees. This was the worst corporate experience of my life working for this company. The expense report function is the worst I have ever experienced in a corporation. Horrible work environment for those who want to implement change for the better. Any type of change for the better will not be tolerated, especially in finance. CPA? Fantastic! now manage your group of employees, then I would be impressed.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO
  11.  

    Constant management changes, not enough growth opportunities

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    Engineers and Program managers are professional & great to work with.

    Cons

    The Operations group is dysfunctional.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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